Monthly Lectures on Islamic Legal Genres (6)


Much has been written about the Maliki fatāwā literature and attention has been especially paid to al-Wansharīsī’s  (d. 914/1508) compilation. But why were such works written? Were there different types? Were they written at specific times? I will first review the chronology and typology of the fatāwā compilations written in the Islamic West (al-Andalus, Sicily and the Maghreb) between the 3rd/9th-9th/15th centuries. The information regarding their authors and the reasons they stated for compiling legal opinions according to each period will be analyzed as well as the extent to which the fatāwā compilations reflect specific political contexts.

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Meeting ID: 614 4145 9909

Passcode: 114521

The presentation is part of a monthly lecture series organized by the Project “Canonization and Diversification in Islamic Law and in Arabian Rhetoric in Comparison” situated in the collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1385) at the Münster University, in cooperation with Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and the Faculty of Theology at Istanbul University.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the the development and function of genres in Islamic law and history in our monthly meetings.

The recordings of the first four lectures are online available:

Murteza Bedir, Istanbul University: “Form, Function and Historical Development of uṣūl al-fiqh as a Genre

Mohammad Fadel, Toronto University: “Form, Function and Historical Development of muḫtaṣar as a Genre

Sohail Hanif, Cambridge Muslim College: “Form, Function and Historical Development of the sharh-Literature as a Genre. A Quantitative and Qualitative Study

Ahmed El Shamsy, University of Chicago: What kind of thing is a gloss (hashiya)?

Samy Ayoub, University of Texas: Creativity in Continuity: al-Rasa’il al-Fiqhiyya as a Genre for Legal Change

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